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  1. Brian in Boston

    Austin SC logo

    As per usual, Mark, your work is undeniably well-rendered. That said, I cannot help but think that supporters groups for opponents of Austin SC would have a field day taking the piss out of a club with a badge that depicted an armadillo humping a soccer ball.
  2. Brian in Boston

    NFL Playoffs Thread

    Go with a French Dip sandwich. It's a hot sandwich in which thinly sliced roast beef is typically topped with Swiss cheese and onions and served on a freshly baked French roll. Depending upon which of two Los Angeles restaurants you believe to have originated the French Dip - either Cole's Pacific Electric Buffet, or Philippe the Original - will determine the distinguishing feature of how the dish is prepared. * A Cole's French Dip, said to have first been introduced in 1908, is served with a cup of hot au jus (beef juices saved from the cooking process) into which the sandwich is dipped between bites. * A Philippe's French Dip, said to have made its debut in 1918, sees the bread dipped into the hot beef juices before the sandwich is assembled and is served "wet". Both styles of French Dip are usually served with a simple side - cole slaw, potato salad, or french fries are typical accompaniments - and a pickle.
  3. Brian in Boston

    The Battle of Seattle

    After much thought, my "Top Five" would be ranked as follows: 1) Totems 2) Sea Lions 3T) Metropolitans 3T) Sockeyes 5) Pilots As currently constituted, Steelheads - though strong - finishes at #6. To my eye, there's just something a bit "off" about the rendering of the Steelhead. It seems a bit too elongated from top to bottom, which calls to mind an eel to me. I'll tell you what the revelation was to me amongst each team's logo package: the inaugural season mark for the Sea Lions. Outstanding! In fact, if you were to strip the words and year from that design, then position it as the team's primary mark and utilize it as the jersey logo, the Sea Lions would jump to #1 on my list. Terrific work, as always, sparky!
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    New York Jets are confirmed to be getting new uniforms in 2019

    Are all of the helmets "tagged and labeled so specifically"? I saw many in the video that didn't seem to bear the off-white tag at all. At least not positioned on the left-hand side of the helmet, as was the case with those that conspicuously did bear the tags.
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    New York Jets are confirmed to be getting new uniforms in 2019

    Bingo. While sitting in the waiting room, anticipating the arrival of my physician, I opted to go "Zapruder" on the New York Jets video. The only things that really jumped out at me were: * Not all of the helmets seem to bear the individual off-white tags. Some do, some don't... at least not on the left-hand side of the helmet. * The yellow Riddell tags (they're seen being attached to the tan equipment bags) bear two addresses. On one side is the address for a facility on Sugar Lane in Elyria, Ohio that Riddell vacated in 2017. On the other, printed onto a white label and affixed to the yellow tag, is the address of the Jets' Accounts Payable department in Florham, New Jersey. My gut instinct tells me that no specific individual detail regarding the Jets' uniform overhaul can be gleaned from this video. As goforbroke opined, it's a "tease". It was created by the Marketing and Content/Media departments of the Jets with the express purpose of generating buzz for the uni design change. Nothing more, nothing less.
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    North American Pro Soccer 2019

    Exactly! Texas is 21,213 square miles larger than France, yet it plays host to just a pair of Major League Soccer teams, while France is home to 19 Ligue 1 sides. This coming season, Texas will have just four teams competing in the USL Championship, while France's Ligue 2 boasts 20 teams. Texas has but a single USL League One team, while the Championnat de France National is comprised of 18 clubs. Now, France is home to 38,646,155 more people than Texas, so that might explain some of the country's increased ability to support professional soccer teams. Also, there is the fact that the sport of soccer enjoys a much more deeply ingrained cultural significance in France than it does in the Lone Star State. Still, I don't know that these facts completely explain the sizable disparity between the number of pro soccer teams in Texas and France. Hmmmmmm... maybe Texas will prove itself capable of supporting a third MLS franchise.
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    North American Pro Soccer 2019

    There's one of two ways Anthony Precourt's "MLS to Austin" adventure plays out: * He executes a 180-degree reversal from his piss-poor stewardship of the Columbus Crew and somehow manages to make all the right moves in establishing Austin FC as a successful MLS franchise and treasured community asset. * He maintains his reputation as an in-over-his-head, ne'er-do-well trust-funder and - the second the first inkling of things going sideways with the team begins to manifest itself - his fellow MLS investor-operators move en masse to strip him of his franchise rights, force him out of the league, and hand control of the club over to someone else. Which is why, if Austin FC were to someday end up moving to San Antonio, Precourt wouldn't have anything to do with said relocation. If he manages to screw-the-pooch in the "City of the Violet Crown" so badly that the market is tainted for MLS, there's no way MLS is going to hand him the keys to "Alamo City". No, if Austin FC should have to be relocated to San Antonio, it would most likely be under the Spurs Sports and Entertainment banner.
  8. Brian in Boston

    North American Pro Soccer 2019

    That's just it! An MLS franchise based at a stadium at McKalla Place in Austin, Texas isn't in the same area as franchises playing at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, or at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston. In point of fact, each of the teams will be based out of a home venue that is, at minimum, more than a 160-mile one-way drive from the other two... with the average driving distance between the home stadia of the three teams coming in at 216 miles one-way. As such, the notion that fans in either of the two existing Texas MLS markets are regularly driving 540 miles round-trip in order to take in anything at the other club's stadium besides their rivalry matches stretches credulity. Similarly, the idea that denizens of Greater Austin are routinely driving anywhere from 326 to 432 miles round-trip to get their MLS fix in Houston or Frisco is a bit far-fetched. Further, we're talking about three distinct - and growing - markets. According to 2017 U.S. Census estimates, these are three of the most populous municipalities in the United States (Houston at 2,312,717 residents... Dallas at 1,341,075... Austin at 950,715), each anchoring metro areas that are expanding at a double-digit clip (Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington at 7,399,662 residents for +15.15% growth since 2010... Houston-The Woodlands-Sugarland at 6,892,427 residents for +16.42% growth... Austin at 2,115,827 residents for +23.28% growth). Look... would it have been better for FC Dallas and the Houston Dynamo if the teams had drawn more than 77% and 76% of capacity, respectively, at their home stadia this past season? Yes. Might Austin prove to be a dud market for MLS? It's possible... particularly with Anthony Precourt at the helm as investor/operator. However, that said, there's no reason to believe that, in and of itself, simply granting a Major League Soccer expansion team to Austin is going to at all impact - let alone significantly impact to the point of dilution - the pool of fans for either FC Dallas or the Houston Dynamo. While the three franchises will all be operating in the same state, that state is 268,581 square miles in area... with an estimated population of 28,701,845 people. Think about that. Between them, the Dallas, Houston, and Austin Metropolitan Statistical Areas are home to 57% of the entire population of the second-most populous state in the union.
  9. Brian in Boston

    MLS Kits 2019

    That depends upon which of three things happens first. Will it be members of Enterprise Holdings' Taylor Family - along with Worldwide Technology CEO Jim Kavanaugh - convincing St. Louis and Missouri political leaders to pass a package of state tax credits, city property tax breaks, and dedicated sales tax streams that would help buttress construction of a privately financed $250 million soccer stadium? Will it be Sacramento Republic FC Chairman and CEO Kevin Nagle finally landing a deep-pocketed lead investor - or, group of such investors - capable of putting to rest MLS questions about his bid's financial wherewithal? Will it be the estimated $13 billion combined net worth of Dan Gilbert, Tom Gores, and the Ford Family causing MLS leadership to put aside their concerns over the Detroit bid's opting to set-up shop in domed Ford Field? At this juncture, my gut tells me that St. Louis is the new front-runner for #28. Political leadership in the city has, to this point, been very supportive of the efforts of the Taylor/Kavanaugh "MLS4THELOU" bid. I see it being more likely that said bid team is able to successfully achieve what it needs to accomplish before Nagle manages to secure a "whale" investor, or MLS qualms over playing in Ford Field are allayed. Further, St. Louis is a city with a long and rich tradition within the annals of American soccer history. I believe MLS Commissioner Don Garber would see granting an expansion franchise to the city as a "legacy" move on his part. If St. Louis is tabbed as Major League Soccer's 28th franchise, I think divisional alignment would break down as follows: Eastern Conference Atlanta United FC Chicago Fire Columbus Crew D.C. United FC Cincinnati Inter Miami CF Montreal Impact Nashville New England Revolution New York City FC New York Red Bulls Orlando City SC Philadelphia Union Toronto FC Western Conference Austin FC Colorado Rapids FC Dallas Houston Dynamo Los Angeles FC Los Angeles Galaxy Minnesota United FC Portland Timbers Real Salt Lake St. Louis San Jose Earthquakes Seattle Sounders FC Sporting Kansas City Vancouver Whitecaps FC
  10. Brian in Boston

    North American Pro Soccer 2019

    How? Apparently the same way that Columbus and Cincinnati are expected to coexist as the home markets to viable MLS franchises located a mere 113-mile drive from one another.
  11. Brian in Boston

    Goodbye Baby Cakes: New Wichita team seeking name ideas

    If team management and the folks at Brandiose were so hellbent on drawing upon a Mardi Gras tradition in their efforts to rebrand New Orleans' Triple A baseball franchise, why not just dub the team the New Orleans Cake Babies? Why, instead, opt to go with a name - Baby Cakes - which, as you point out, is "simply more recognizable and familiar to people as a fringe-level term of endearment" to people outside of the team's home market? Now, quite obviously, the decision was made in the hopes of maximizing revenue-generation via souvenir sales to as widespread a consumer audience as possible. Unfortunately, in chasing the almighty dollar, a cultural hallmark of New Orleans was bastardized in order to make it more palatable to those consumers who live well outside the municipality. Therein, to my mind, lies the problem with the modern age of minor league sports branding and souvenir sales. Yes, teams are willing to invest more time, effort, and cold, hard cash into creatively branding themselves. Yes, teams are festooning an ever-growing variety of licensed products with their brands. Why? In order to generate significant revenue by selling the s**t out of said products. However, to truly maximize revenue, teams are feeling driven to adopt identities that are increasingly outlandish... and, in many cases, targeted towards a national (indeed, potentially international) audience, rather than the fans in their own home market. On the one hand, as a sports branding enthusiast and someone who relishes the opportunity to purchase memorabilia emblazoned with well-designed logos, I have reason to celebrate these developments. On the other, I lament the fact that it often seems as though teams - and the branding professionals they hire - are increasingly less interested in catering to the tastes/preferences of hometown fans, than they are in making a splash with the creation of the next over-the-top, "something-for-everyone" team identity.
  12. Brian in Boston

    Goodbye Baby Cakes: New Wichita team seeking name ideas

    Well, then the quality of the background research being done isn't up to snuff. If it were, someone would have realized that "Baby Cakes" doesn't truly "work" in New Orleans, as the cultural icon being referenced is actually a King Cake, not a Baby Cake. Either that, or - as is more likely - someone decided that King Cakes wasn't a goofy enough name to lend itself to an over-the-top logo package. So, it was then decided that in order to justify the creation of a goofy logo with attitude, the idea of a king cake would be mashed-up with the idea of the baby figurine baked into said confection and the bastardized "Baby Cakes" identity was reverse-engineered. In short, there's a reason the name New Orleans Baby Cakes hasn't been "around since 1930": it doesn't mean anything within the culture of the New Orleans marketplace.
  13. Brian in Boston

    Goodbye Baby Cakes: New Wichita team seeking name ideas

    Indeed, "mud hen" has long been a commonly-used colloquial term for the American coot, a species of bird that spends its summer breeding season in - amongst other parts of the American northeast and upper midwest - the Toledo, Ohio area. So many American coots occupied the marshland surrounding Bay View Park, home of the late-1800s Toledo Swamp Angels of baseball's Inter-State League, that local sports reporters took to referring to the baseball team as the Mud Hens in print. Soon, the Swamp Angels name was abandoned and the baseball team - as well as numerous incarnations representing Toledo in various professional leagues at different classifications - were officially dubbed the Mud Hens. That said, Mud Hens is the exception to the rule amongst the minor-league baseball identities I cited amongst my preferences. The point being, it is possible to create popular, engaging, well-designed minor-league sports brands without repeatedly succumbing to the increased tendency towards embracing a "can-you-top-this" approach that threatens to alienate as many fans as it attracts.
  14. Brian in Boston

    Goodbye Baby Cakes: New Wichita team seeking name ideas

    I'll take the Brooklyn Cyclones, Burlington Bees, Daytona Tortugas, Hillsboro Hops, Idaho Falls Chukars, Memphis Redbirds, Nashville Sounds, Toledo Mud Hens, and West Virginia Black Bears. Hell, just to show I can give Brandiose credit where credit is due, I'll take the Asheville Tourists, Clearwater Threshers, Lakeland Flying Tigers, and Spokane Indians, as well. That said, you can have the likes of the Rocky Mountain Vibes, Amarillo Sod Poodles, Florida Fire Frogs, and Rocket City Trash Pandas.
  15. Brian in Boston

    Goodbye Baby Cakes: New Wichita team seeking name ideas

    Personally, I'd go with... Wichita Wranglers (Pacific Coast League) New Orleans Crescents (Southern League) Truth be told, I'd love for a New Orleans-based Southern League team to be dubbed the Pelicans and for the NBA franchise to be renamed. I know the likelihood of that happening is, quite frankly, non-existent. What would I suggest for a new moniker for the NBA team? I'd go with either New Orleans Buccaneers or New Orleans Corsairs - either one a nod to the American Basketball Association's New Orleans Buccaneers. Of course, then you'd probably have folks saying that a piracy-themed name hews too closely to that of the UNO Privateers athletic teams.